“inspiring a love of art and reading!”
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Museum's extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100. The Museum was incorporated in January 2001 and received its non-profit status in September 2001. Since its opening on November 22, 2002, the Museum has welcomed over 416,000 visitors—including nearly 30,000 school children—held over 100 workshops and classes for caregivers, teachers and other professionals (2,000+ participants), and presented 57 exhibits in its three rotating exhibition galleries. The Museum currently has 10,400 constituents in its database, including 1,400 Annual Members.
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
- Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Tue - Thu: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Sun, Mon, Fri: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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